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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Hyne’s Tumbarumba mill wedged between two walls of fire

Hyne’s Tumbarumba Mill employs approximately 200 people who are currently managing their personal response to the emergency as a priority. The mill has been shut since New Year’s Eve. The town had been trapped between two bushfires coming together from Victoria and New South Wales, ma
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Federal and State governments commit to bushfire relief

Money and resources – both Federal and State – will soon begin pouring into the worst of the fire-ravaged areas of Victoria and New South Wales. Federally, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a $2bn bushfire recovery fund with rebuilding communities the top pri
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Kangaroo Island to begin salvage of burnt timber

On Kangaroo Island where a third of the island was burnt, harvesting of plantation timber will begin early after almost 1900ha, or about 17% of the region’s biggest timber company’s holdings were affected by the fires. It was reported that lighting had set off a secondary fire in the
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Australia is under fire

There are fears two massive bushfires burning on the NSW-Victorian border could join in coming days, creating one massive fire front. CFA state response controller Gavin Freeman said there was a “real potential” the fires burning along the state border could combine. The Corryong fire
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University challenge to design sustainable community housing

TRADA’s University Challenge 2020 in the UK will ask students to design sustainable community housing from timber in multi-disciplinary groups of six. Sixty students from 30 universities will descend on Cardiff University’s School of Engineering Queen’s Buildings for an in
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US housing continues to improve softwood prices remain flat

The latest US housing starts data showed continued improvement. Such a strong end to what turned out to be a pretty good year for North American construction framing dimension softwood lumber prices – after a terrifying start – bodes well for 2020, according to the Madison
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Summer jobs in Finland forestry

One of Finland’s biggest summer job recruitments is getting under way again. In the coming year, Metsä Group will provide a summer job for nearly 900 future professionals. The company is also offering almost 300 summer jobs outside Finland. Source: Timberbiz Metsä Group invests in pro
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WWF wants to ban native forestry but builds HQ with native timber

WWF Australia has released a document which undercuts years of sensible, science based advocacy by one of the world’s most respected environmental organisations and which will have international ramifications. Source: Timberbiz The WWF Australia report, Towards Two Billion Trees, cont
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Formal warning issued to New Zealand forestry investor

New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has issued a formal warning to forestry investor Roger Dickie for breaking the overseas investment rules. OIO Group Manager, Vanessa Horne, says Mr Dickie and his companies specialise in finding land for forestry investors to buy. Source:
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